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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins New York Tournament
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11:20AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
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HATHAM, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 over the weekend in winning the "Crush-Tober Fest" tournament at Chatham Memorial Fields.   The Force won the title game, 5-2, against the Bethlehem Bandits.   Team members include Mariah Barnes, Madeline Harrington, Gionnah Levardi,  Mia Dejesus, Evelyn Julieano, Ella Stodden, Grace Julieano, Kylie Duhamel, Madison Barber, Bella Tart, A.J. Pelkey and Jianna Kruger.

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BMX Pro Jake Seeley Debuts Film at The Garden
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Friday, October 09, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Professional BMX rider Jake Seeley hopes to give the community a taste of freestyling and bike motocross with the premier of "Gangster Street Biking."   The film crams two years of footage into about 23 minutes, showcasing Seeley's life over the last two years including the people with whom he has crossed paths and some of his favorite riders who are also close friends.   "I want to share that feeling that I get to experience kind of often because that's my job and it's what I have been doing for a profession," he said. "By making this film they can experience the same feeling and it will only motivate kids to

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins Connecticut Tourney
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11:40AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
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WINDSOR, Conn. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 to win a tournament title at Fast Pitch Nation Park over the weekend.   Its victories included an 8-4 win over the Western Mass Heat and a 9-8 win over the Connecticut Seahawks in the championship game.   Team members include Mariah Barnes, Evelyn Julieano, Gionnah Levardi, Jianna Kruger, Madeline Harrington, Ella Stodden, Bella Tart, Madison Barber, A.J. Pelkey, Kylie Duhamel,  Mia Dejesus and Grace Julieano.

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Pittsfield Seeks Input For Draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan
02:28AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city of Pittsfield is requesting public input for its draft Bicycle Facilities Master Plan.   The plan aims to establish a safe, comfortable and connected bicycle network throughout the city that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.   "With this project, the City of Pittsfield is taking a significant step in its steadfast commitment to plan and implement a safe and accessible citywide network for people who bike for various reasons to a range of destinations throughout Pittsfield," City Planner CJ Hoss said. "The development of this master plan will be a collaborative process, and we are seeking to hear from the

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State Urges Residents to Report Signs of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly
08:49AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
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BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced that it has identified two dead specimens of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) in communities, and is urging residents to report any sign of the invasive pest.    The specimens were recovered in the towns of Milford and Norwood and were brought into Massachusetts on materials shipped from Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine.   Additionally, MDAR was recently notified that nursery stock with spotted lanternfly egg masses and adults may have been unintentionally imported and planted in several parts of Massachusetts.   MDAR is urging anyone who has

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Q&A: Pothier Tickled Pink To Still Be Wearing Blue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:00PM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — After 3,000 games and tens of thousands of judgment calls, Rich Pothier is a fixture on Berkshire County baseball diamonds and a walking advertisement for the recruitment of young umpires.   Moments before stepping behind the plate for his milestone 3,000th career game on Saturday, Pothier sounded as enthusiastic as ever and not the least surprised that career has lasted this long.   "Strangely enough, yes," Pothier said when asked whether he thought he would be umpiring well into his fifth decade. "Because I've loved it right from the first day I did it. I could envision myself doing it.   "I didn't have any talent as a

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State Awards Grants to Support Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
02:06PM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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ROWE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito Administration announced $225,000 in grant funding to eight municipalities and a regional economic development organization to support forest stewardship and conservation, trail improvements, and nature-based tourism in the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership region.     The funding builds upon the Commonwealth's Shared Stewardship Agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, which established a framework for partnerships between local governments and stakeholders to advance the goals of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership (MTWP) to conserve forests and enhance regional economic

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Dalton CRA Hall Finds Way to Keep Tradition Going with Second Class
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Monday, September 14, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — On a perfect day for an outdoor induction ceremony, Joanne Dowling found the perfect sentiment to capture the spirit of the Dalton CRA Athletic Hall of Fame.   "I would like to share a special thank you to the Dalton CRA and the community and, in particular, Boog Powell and Dan McMahon, for giving me the opportunity to play sports as a young girl," Dowling said, reading aloud from the letter of a 2020 inductee. "My family never had the means to pay for sports, but scholarships and the generosity of those mentioned made it possible for me to participate and to thrive."   Stories like that are what the CRA Hall of Fame is all about --

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Youth Soccer League Offering Competitive Opportunity for High Schoolers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As a dad, Stephen Nesbit knows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for youngsters.   As an officer in the North Adams Soccer Club, he can do something about it.   "I'm a father, I have a 9-year-old and a 16-year-old," Nesbit said on Thursday morning. "Kids have been trapped in the house since March. They want to get out and run around with their friends. We're giving them a responsible option for that."   The NASC and its corresponding youth groups throughout the county are working to put together competitive opportunities for players of all ages, up to and including high schoolers, who likely will not have the

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Bousquet Announces General Manager And Partnership With Olympic Skier
12:33PM / Friday, September 04, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Bousquet Mountain announced the hiring of new General Manager Kevin McMillian and a partnership with Olympic Skier and Pittsfield native Krista Schmidinger.   General manager Kevin McMillian, currently general manager at Zoar Outdoor, will oversee the day to day operation of the mountain. He will be responsible for building out the Bousquet management team and staff and implementing an effective operating model to run the business.     McMillian has been with Zoar since 1992. He brings knowledge of the outdoors and background as an experiential educator with regional schools. He was the 1996 recipient of the Massachusetts Office of Travel &

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